Although there are several types of strokes, all strokes are
basically a condition where the blood supply to your brain
cells becomes inadequate, or cut off. It doesn't take long
before you are looking at permanent damage. There are
medications which, if administered within an hour of the
onset of stroke symptoms, can prevent permanent damage.
That's why it's essential to be able to recognize the
symptoms of a stroke and take immediate action.
You or a person you know suffering from the onset
of a stroke may have one or all of the following stroke symptoms.
Onset of each symptom is typically sudden and unexpected.
1.You have a sensation of numbness or weakness in your limbs or
face. Stroke often occurs on just one side of the body.
2.You have difficulty speaking or understanding what is being
said to you.
3.You experience a severe headache without apparent reason.
4.Your vision is impaired, in one or both eyes.
5.You feel disoriented or confused.
6.You experience dizziness or vertigo, or difficulty
coordinating muscles in walking, or a loss of balance.
If you have, or observe any of these stroke
symptoms in someone else, it's imperative that you call 911
immediately. The sooner medical treatment is administered, the
better are your chances for a complete recovery.
While anyone, even apparently healthy people, can suffer a
stroke, there are a number of health and lifestyle practices
which have been shown to increase your risk. There are also
genetic factors in play. Here is a summary of factors which may
increase your risk. Some may even be of a surprise to you.
Patients with heart conditions, high cholesterol readings, and
diabetes are at an increased risk for stroke. They will be more
likely to show stroke symptoms prior to an actual stroke. Also,
sickle cell anemia, a genetic condition, impedes red blood cells
in adequately supplying blood to tissues and organs, thus
increasing the patient's risk of a stroke.
While the reasons are still not known,
people living in the Southeast part of the U.S. suffer more
strokes than people in other regions. It's also true that
people who live in poverty also suffer a greater number of
strokes than found in other socioeconomic groups. Alcohol
and drug abusers are also more vulnerable to stroke. This
may be from a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream which can
affect the brain.
If you or a family member are at increased risk to stroke,
be particularly alert to the stroke symptoms that have been
described above. Even if you're in good health and feel
good, it is a good idea to place these stroke symptoms in a
prominent location, along with the number of your doctor and
local hospital. Stroke is nothing to fool around with,
especially when response time really counts and could save a
It is also a good idea to get a check-up with a
physician on a regular basis, especially if you are at a higher risk
for stroke or have shown stroke symptoms in the past. Prevention is
the best approach and strokes are preventable. At least you can
reduce your risk to stroke symptoms by following a doctor's advice.